PhD student in Department of Geology Ghent University, Department of Geology

PhD student

Last application date
Apr 16, 2018 12:24

WE13 - Department of Geology

Limited duration

MSc in Geology, (Bio)engineering, Physics or equivalent; MSc students close to graduation are also welcome to apply

Occupancy rate

Vacancy Type
Research staff


Job description


In the framework of the new FWO-SBO project "MoCCHa-CT" we have an open position for a PhD student within the Pore-scale Processes in Geomaterials Research group (PProGRess-UGent), member of the UGent expertise Centre for X-ray Tomography ( The FWO-SBO project "MoCCHa-CT: Model-coupled 4D-µCT for advanced material characterization" is a tight collaboration between several academic partners at UGent and the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, ETH, Switzerland, and has an economic finality supported by several industrial partners.


The key challenges for the PhD student of PProGRess in this project, will be to characterize different heterogeneous building materials with attention towards multi-scale characterization of pore geometries using high-resolution imaging complemented by tunable dark-field imaging. This information will be integrated in a multi-scale pore network model (PNM). Dynamic models will be experimentally validated by in situ-visualization of micro-scale processes with the focus on fluid flow, salt crystallization and micro-fracture initiation in mineral building materials. To quantify the correlation between the model and the experiment, DVC algorithms will be used. Where necessary, synchrotron experiments will be performed for those dynamic experiments where the temporal resolution in lab is not high enough.


We offer an employment contract of 2 years with the possibility for an extension of 2 additional years, starting between May and October 2018, depending on the availability of the successful candidate.


Profile of the candidate


Applicants should have:

- a master's degree (or equivalent) in Geology, (Bio)engineering, Physics or equivalent, with a high interest in experimental research (mainly lab and imaging techniques)

- an independent and well-organized working style, demanding high quality of your own work.

- well-developed social skills directed towards working in an interdisciplinary team, excellent interpersonal and communicative skills.

- strong motivation to succeed in scientific research, excellent presentation and scientific writing skills.

- very good to excellent English language skills (verbally and written).


How to apply

Applications must contain the following documents in English:

a personal (motivation) letter and curriculum vitae (a proof of English language skills is always an added value).

The documents should be sent to, using as subject of your mail: MoCCHa-CT_your name

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